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Integrating WYNN into Your Curriculum

Peggy Dalton and Roberta Brosnahan



In this presentation we will demonstrate how educators can integrate commonly used study strategies into their curriculum using the WYNN software program. We will discuss how WYNN facilitates the reading, writing, studying and comprehending process.

It is a long established fact, supported by research and practice that people learn, comprehend, and retain things better using multiple modalities. This multisensory approach is the basis for sound educational approaches in working with students with dyslexia. Specifically, special education teachers often incorporate the bi-modal approach for people with reading difficulties, using a combination of verbal and visual input to enhance reading, comprehension, and studying.

Educators also understand that no type of input will help their students if they don’t also have sound study strategies. Part of teaching is helping students discover which strategies work best for their individual needs. For example, some students benefit tremendously from highlighting the main ideas and subordinate details of passages to aid in the comprehension of material. But for the student, who tends to perseverate, this method could have disastrous results. We’ve all seen textbooks covered with yellow markings from cover to cover. This student obviously needs a different method of reminding himself to revisit important concepts. Inserting bookmarks may be a better technique.

Until recently, teachers and students used only manual methods for multi-sensory input and study strategies because technology had not arrived to the point where these techniques were available. With recent advances in technology it is now possible to develop solutions tailored for the specific needs of students.


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WYNN can be tailored to individual processing styles, auditory, visual, and a combination of both. A unique feature of Wynn’s technology process allows students to easily customize the text presentation: the size, font, margins, and spacing between words and sentences. These last two features are critical in alleviating reading difficulties due to visual tracking problems and visual bleed. WYNN allows the user to select how WYNN speaks and how the speech interacts with the visual presentation. This allows the user to customize WYNN for their particular style of auditory processing.

In fact, all the commonly used study skills such as dictionary work, highlighting, bookmarking, notetaking, summarizing, and paraphrasing are easily accessed in WYNN. As educators know these are all essential aids in implementing study strategies. Using Wynn’s Find feature, students can search for individual bookmarks and highlights. Students can also write text notes and voice notes with WYNN. Text notes are helpful for visual processors, aiding students to revisit and study important material. Using voice notes, students can dictate information such as oral summarizing and/or paraphrasing. They can also also leave reminders about homework assignments or projects that need to be worked on. Teachers can enter questions in voicenotes or textnotes and students can answer in either according to their learning style.

In summary, this presentation will demonstrate how WYNN allows the individual to apply commonly used study techniques when using WYNN.


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